Metropolitan State University of Denver

Denver, CO 80217
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The Metropolitan State University of Denver is a public university in Denver. It offers a wide selection of undergraduate and graduate programs, including nursing programs. The school was founded in 1965 to provide a college education to students from all walks of life. The main campus is still located in the old Auraria neighborhood. However, the campus has grown to include multiple buildings throughout the area. The nursing programs are mostly taught at the Boulder Creek Building. The campus is also in the center of the business district, offering convenient access to the Colorado Convention Center and the Denver Performing Arts Complex.

The Metropolitan State University of Denver Department of Nursing offers three different BSN programs, including a traditional four-year BSN program, an accelerated BSN program, and a BRNCO program. The traditional program requires students to complete two years of general studies and prerequisite courses. During the program, students will have the opportunity to earn experience in clinical settings through partnerships with nearby healthcare facilities. The BRNCO is intended for students who have graduated with an associate degree in a nursing program and want to complete their BSN. The Department of Nursing also allows transfers for pre-licensure nursing students. However, they do not offer any graduate programs in nursing.


Institution Overview

Campus LocaleLarge City
Number of Students20,304
Student to Faculty Ratio17:1
Is Admission OpenNo
Religious Affiliation -
On Campus Housing-
Retention Rate63%

Nursing Programs

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Bachelor's degree 1 0
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-RN: 89.6%

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Institutional Accreditations
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
01/01/1971 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (NUR) - Baccalaureate program
04/01/1976 - Current



Acceptance Rate
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
SAT900 to 1130
ACT17 to 22
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school rank Required
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Recommended
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Formal demonstration of competencies Neither required nor recommended
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Neither required nor recommended

In addition to the college's admission requirements each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).
Application fee
Undergrads $25
Graduates $50

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$253/credit
In State Students$253/credit
Out of State Students$786/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students$428/credit
In State Students$428/credit
Out of State Students$668/credit

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $11,385 $11,385 $35,370
ADN 70 $17,710 $17,710 $55,020
BSN 125 $31,625 $31,625 $98,250
FNP 50 $21,400 $21,400 $33,400
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 71% of Metropolitan State University of Denver's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 41% $4,033
Other Federal Grant -- $2,199
State Grant & Scholarships 33% $2,915
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 19% $3,138
Federal Student Loans 38% $5,002
Private Loans 3% $8,082


Average Net Price
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$10,477
$30,001 to $48,000$11,121
$48,001 to $75,000$13,859
$75,001 to $110,000$17,305
Over $110,000$18,362

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Ethnic Diversity
Black/African American
Two or more races
Race/ethnicity unknown
Non-resident alien
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

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Data source: (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Colorado state board of nursing.
Metropolitan State University of Denver
Speer Blvd and Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80217

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